Bilingual English/Spanish Immigration Legal Specialist
Carol Stream, IL /
USPGMS/ US Ministries – US Immigrant Legal Services /
World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that is fighting for change that lasts, right here in the U.S. and across the globe. We bring sustainable solutions to the world’s greatest problems – disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression, and mass displacement. The organization is approximately 75 years old and has worked in over 100 countries around the world since its founding.
In the United States, we come alongside local churches, community organizations and hundreds of individual volunteers to support newly arriving refugee and other immigrant families. Today, we are proud to partner with over 6,000 local churches, and 95,000 volunteers globally to bring hope, healing and transformation to the most vulnerable.
World Relief is a unique and invigorating place to work. We are looking for talented, ambitious and collaborative people to come alongside our mission, vision and values as we partner with churches to empower the most vulnerable in the world. We hope these resources provide more insight into your hiring journey with us.
Are you looking to use your legal knowledge to specialize in the field of Immigration Law? Do you want to be trained to gain Immigration law experience and expertise? Or do you have experience in Immigration law, you would like to continue practicing? World Relief Chicagoland Immigration Legal Services (ILS) department provides low-cost immigration legal counsel and representation to the immigrant community and is looking to expand its legal team. As either a licensed attorney or a Department of Justice (DOJ) Accredited Representative, this position will provide direct legal counsel and representation to immigrants seeking affirmative benefits including family reunification, U/VAWA, refugee/asylee adjustments, DACA, and ancillary benefits, as well as derivation/acquisition of citizenship, naturalization, and records checks. This position will Carol Stream office in DuPage County. Bilingual in English/Spanish is required for this position.
Role & Responsibilities
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Participate in Immigration law trainings dependent upon experience
- Case management training on LawLogix as well as the case management protocols of the ILS department of World Relief Chicagoland
- Actively engage in ongoing immigration legal trainings (occasionally out-of-state), conferences, webinars, roundtables, and research to maintain the necessary knowledge and experience under the oversight of the Legal Supervisor
- Participate in weekly application case review and case questions meetings
- Screen and advise clients regarding immigration benefits and remedies available under the INA, CFR, and relevant government agency policies
- Prepare immigration paperwork and write legal briefs, sign G-28s, and follow-up as needed
- Represent clients in person at USCIS adjudication interviews and infopass appointments as needed
- Zealously advocate for clients with relevant government actors via telephone and correspondence
- Comply with WR Chicagoland ILS best practice case management rules, policies and procedures and legal ethics under the oversight of the Legal Supervisor
- Manage a full case load efficiently of both new and pending immigration cases
- Public speaking as assigned to the immigrant community, churches, and other professionals
- Specific projects as assigned by the ILS Director, Legal Supervisor, or ILS Manager
- Occasional Saturdays and evenings may be required
Immigration Legal Training
Immigration Legal Counsel and Representation
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Cross-cultural experience including cross-cultural communication skills
- Excellent problem-solving skills and flexibility to work in a frequently changing environment
- Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
- Strong self-starter skills and a desire to learn and grow
- Strong public speaking skills preferred
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in immigration law preferred
- Mature and personal Christian faith
- Committed to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief
- Desire to serve and empower the Church to impact vulnerable communities
- Able to affirm and/or acknowledge World Reliefs Core Beliefs, Statement of Faith, Christian Identity and National Evangelicals For the Health of The Nation document
- Commitment to serving the immigrant community
- Bilingual fluency in English/Spanish is required
- Committed to developing and investing in a strong ILS team
- Maintaining DOJ Accreditation required, Bachelor’s degree required, and Master’s preferred
- J.D. and commitment to attending CLE trainings and maintaining good standing with the State Bar
World Relief offers a competitive benefits package (25 hours + per week):
World Relief contributes to monthly premiums:
-Offer 16 Paid Holidays!
- Paid Sick and Vacation Time
- Paid Parental Leave (12 weeks for qualified employees)
-FSAs: Medical & Dependent Care, & Commuter Funding
-Supplemental Life Insurance (employee, spouse, and children)
-Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, and Accident insurance policies
World Relief pays 100% for eligible employees:
-Group Term Life (employee, spouse, and children)
-Long Term & Short-term Disability
-Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
-Long Distance Travel Insurance
-Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
World Relief - Retirement:
-401K & Roth
-WR matches up to 4%, then an additional quarter percent up to 10%
-Eligibility: Full Time is eligible after 3 months of employment. Part time is eligible after 1000 hours in a year.
World Relief Discounts (Immediately Eligible):
-Pet Insurance through Nationwide
-Home and Auto insurance through Liberty Mutual
-Working Advantage Discount Program
World Relief is honored to be recognized with the Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation, Silver Level for meeting or exceeding the core components of our well-being program including leadership and culture, program foundations, program execution, and whole person health.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations
· The ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-15 pounds.
· Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information.
· The employee frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.
· General office setting. World Relief also offers hybrid and remote schedules for limited positions.
· Great lengths of time working on computer, reading from computer screen, entering information, standing at copier or fax machine, and some time on the phone or in virtual meetings may be required.
· Year-end archiving activities involve repeated lifting and bending.
· Physical, emotional and intellectual demands
· Equipment used: Employee computer (desktop or laptop), printer, and copier.
· All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and is always under review.
We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.
For World Relief staff, strong commitment to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief is essential, and Christian faith is a prerequisite for employment, based upon United States federal guidelines provided in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Legal Background in the United States
World Relief is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. World Relief strictly prohibits and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination against employees on the basis of person’s race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law, which does not conflict with the protections afforded World Relief as a faith-based employer.
In addition, physical or mental limitations will not be a factor in the application of World Relief's employment policies or employee practices, except for those situations in which occupational requirement make consideration of such factors necessary.
Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e 1(a) World Relief has the right to, and does, hire only candidates who agree with World Relief’s Statement of Faith.